Session Notes: Vision Enhancement Tools & Techniques:LowTech& High Tech solutions For Low Vision

by Jeffrey Stark

June 5th, 2016

Vision Enhancement Tools & Techniques: Low Tech & High Tech solutions

Presented By Jeffrey D. Stark

Workshop presented At the CCB Halifax Conference on Low Cost Solutions For People Who Are Blind Or Have Low Vision

Section 1 Built-In Accessibility

WINDOWS: CONFIGURATION CHANGES, TWEAKS, CHANGES AND FEATURES

 

Windows Customisation

  1. Changing Resolution / Textsize

  2. Contrast / Screen Appearance

  3. Themes/Colors

  4. Ctrl+MouseWheel

  5. Internet Explorer Customisations

  6. Filter Font Size

  7. Filter Font Color

  8. Custom Style

  9. Built in magnification

    Works “OK” on Windows 8/10

  10. Windows Sounds, Sound Schemes & Notifications

  11. Word Draft Mode

  12. Outlook “read all email as plain text” and setting font size
  13. Internet Explorer > Tools > Internet Options > Accessibility
  14. Keyboard Shortcuts to reduce refocusing of eyes caused by following the mouse
  15. Animated Cursors
  16. Mobile Version of WebSitesLess Busy – i.e. http://m.facebook.com
  17. Force mobile view: http://bit.ly/1qSckn1

Free 3rd Party Apps & Add-ons

  1. APHont– TTF font – http://www.aph.org/products/aphont/

  2. Autosizer- http://www.southbaypc.com/autosizer/

  3. FlashNote- http://softvoile.com/flashnote/

  4. Miranda NG – http://www.miranda-ng.org/en/ (Large print google hangout / communicator / link compatible IM client – w/Speak plugin

 

Invert vs Themes (Example Of Invert Approach)

Invert vs Themes (Example Of Theme Approach)
 

Section 2 Software

THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE:

 VISION ENHANCEMENT TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY

 CHANGES AND FEATURES

 

Vision Enhancement Software

Generally 5 Levels of software tools

  1. Screen Enhancements

  2. Screen Magnification

  3. Screen Magnification + Speech

  4. Speech + Screen Magnification

  5. Speech

 

Low Cost Alternatives To Commercial Magnifiers

 

  1. Windows Tablet + Magnification

  2. Mac OSX w/Invert or Larger Text

  3. System Access  (Screen Reader + Magnifier)

 

Dolphin Super Nova Suite

 

  • Offering a product at all levels including a Hybrid Screen-Reader/Screen-Magnifier

  • 1 product to learn

  • set of keyboard shortcuts

  • Mouse functions

  • Visual highlights

  • Situation based and application based configurations

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Moving Magnification to the mouse

Document Readers

 

•Text Aloud

 

 

Talking Typing Tutor

Section 3 Hardware

HARDWARE:

LOW TECH TO HIGH TECH

 

Vision Dictates Position

The Value Of A Monitor Arm

MONITOR ARMS &
ANTI-GLARE COVERS

Low-Tech Magnification

Magnifying Glasses:
Different Levels Of Magnification (Examples #1)

Magnifying Glasses:
Different Levels Of Magnification (Examples #2)

Magnifying Glasses:
Different Levels Of Magnification (Examples #3)

Magnifying Glasses: Different Levels Of Magnification + Lighting

Magnifying Glasses:
Variety Of Shapes

Magnifying Glasses:
Variety Of Shapes  (Examples #2)

Large Font Keyboard

CCTV

  • Desk Version

  • KVM

  • OCR

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•Portable Versions

Cell phones and SmartPhones

  • •IOS

    • Magnification

    • Inverting

    • VoiceOver

  • Android

    • Magnification

    • Inverting

    • CyanogenMod: High Contrast Black Themes

    • Talkback 

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